TAMPA — When King’s boys won the first event of Wednesday’s Class 3A-District 7 swim meet — the 200 medley relay — Lions coach Don Rooks sensed something good was in the works.
“Winning that relay (with Eugene Luo, Mathew Lee, Jed Rodriguez and Lukas Harries) set the tone,” Rooks said. “Everything fell into place after that.”
The Lions ended up cruising home with the boys team title with 458 points, 104 ahead of Hillsborough.
Freedom was third with 348.5.
Luo also won an individual title in the 100 backstroke (59.06) and placed second in the 100 free (52.01), just behind the winner, Sebastian Shindel of Sickles (51.33). King’s Rodriguez won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.98 and placed second in the 200 individual medley (2:03.08), behind Freedom’s Marc Berson (2:00.58).
On the girls side, Sickles took the team title with 400 points, followed by Freedom (355) and Hillsborough (317).
In the girls individual competition, Sickles’ Abigail Rose won the 50 free (25.83) and the 100 free (58.44), and Plant City’s Bailey Bowden won the 200 free (1:57.38) and the 500 free (5:08.75).
King’s boys also won the 400 free relay (3:32.40) and placed second in the 200 free relay (1:35.40) with Kevin Zhuo and Eric Luo adding solid contributions.
“That was an accomplishment in those relays,” Rooks said. “Everybody did a great job today.”